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Basketball

Special Olympics athletes Nick Van Denburgh of Minnesota and Michael Reed of New Jersey tip off at the 2013 Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game at the NBA All Star Weekend. Photo by Will Schermerhorn

Basketball is a favorite Special Olympics sport. This basketball sport center draws together sport news and stories, upcoming events and links to the Special Olympics Basketball Coaching Guide.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics basketball.  View the Basketball Fact Sheet

Basketball is one of the top sports at Special Olympics. Players take it up at all ages and at all abilities, from young players learning to handle the ball and keep it under control while dribbling to older, more experienced players who have the moves and know the strategies to play challenging ball.

It's also one of the favorite sports for the Special Olympics Unified Sports initiative, when players with and without intellectual disabilities form teams to play other unified teams. It's a learning experience that's also a lot of fun. 


News and Stories


November 26, 2014 | Africa: Kenya

Special Olympics Kenya National Games unite a community.

By Mr John Makhathimo

At the Special Olympics Kenya National Games, 157 athletes and partners could not contain their excitement as they marched onto the field to acknowledge their supporters. They competed in athletics, unified basketball, unified beach volley ball, handball, and 5-aside football to secure their place in the National Team.View Story The Special Olympics Kenya National Games took place during August at the University of Nairobi sports grounds. 157 athletes and partners could not contain their excitement as they marched onto the field to acknowledge their supporters. They competed in athletics, unified basketball, unified beach volley ball, handball, and 5-aside football to secure their place in the National Team. This great event would not have been possible without the support of individuals, organisations and the community as a whole. Special Olympics Kenya staff and volunteers that worked tirelessly to make sure the event ran smoothly, and members of the community came in numbers to support and cheer on the athletes. Special Olympics Africa Program Development Manager, Mr. Joe Mutua, was among the guests of honour at the event. The event was generously supported by the UON family support network, the coaches’ fraternity, and Friends of Special Olympics Kenya (FOSK). Lunch was donated by Mr. & Mrs. Kariuki Kagondu and Mr. & Mrs. Parker, and water and refreshments were taken care by Ms. Jacky Mwangi. Mrs. Lenah Agare was the events medical personnel and first aider, and the UON allowed the program to use its sports facilities and other amenities. The event received tremendous electronic media coverage helping create much needed exposure and awareness for the program. Special Olympics creates communities of support everywhere it goes. We hold 50,000 competitions a year -- about 136 each day. Our Games and competitions bring together athletes, coaches, volunteers, supporters and leaders of the community. Special Olympics knows no boundaries. Without regard to gender, race, religion, economic or education level, Special Olympics has the ability to unite all walks of life. This spirit of generosity, inclusion and volunteerism helps to connect the community as a whole. In this way, we will build a stronger, safer world.

About Mr John Makhathimo:Special Olympics Kenya National Director
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November 26, 2014 | Africa: Senegal

Senegal hosts their annual Camp Shriver.

By Mrs Rajah Diouri Sy.

Special Olympics Senegal annually hosts a Camp Shriver that hosts over 100 children. The Camp continues a tradition that created by our founder, the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver who hosted the first camp right in her own backyard in Maryland.View Story Special Olympics Senegal annually hosts a Camp Shriver that hosts over 100 children. The Camp continues a tradition that created by our founder, the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver who hosted the first camp right in her own backyard in Maryland. The Camp Shriver experience significantly boosts skills in multiple sports and fosters social inclusion for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities who come together in a common goal of inclusion and participation regardless of ability. Special Olympics Senegal receives great support for this camp from the Ministry of Youth and this relationship has made it possible for the program to host this event annually. This year 121 athletes and partners experienced a great camping adventure. They got to participate in table tennis and basketball; swimming lessons were treated to a field trip to the zoo, a guided tour at the Economic and social council, and a visit to the Monument of the Renaissance. The athletes were trained by Special Olympics Senegal coaches and were chaperoned by volunteers and 21 monitors and a special education teacher. They all enjoyed their time at the camp and are looking forward to the next year’s camp.

About Mrs Rajah Diouri Sy.:Special Olympics Senegal National Director
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November 26, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

NBA Basketball Without Borders in South Africa

By Mrs Igna Steyn

Special Olympics South Africa annually partners with the NBA under the NBA Cares banner. A Basketball without Borders (BWB) clinic takes place in Johannesburg each year and Special Olympics is invited to participate.View Story Special Olympics South Africa annually partners with the NBA under the NBA Cares banner. A Basketball without Borders (BWB) clinic takes place in Johannesburg each year and Special Olympics is invited to participate. NBA Cares is the league's global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA's mission of addressing important social issues in the world. Through the BWB camp, the NBA, its teams, players and coaches annually provide our athletes with skills training. This year 65 athletes and partners participated in the clinic that took place at the American International School of Johannesburg. South Africa Minister of Sports, Mr. Fikile Mbalula, came to visit the clinic and is an ardent supporter of the BWB program. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Share Our Strength and GLAAD.

About Mrs Igna Steyn :I am the CEO of Special Olympics South Africa
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Upcoming Basketball Events


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Event

Location

December 03, 2014

Coaches Training - Basketball

Join us on December 3rd for a basketball coaches training in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The location is to be determined. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Nick Caudle at caudl1n@cmich.edu
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Nick Caudle
Email:caudl1n@cmich.edu
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

December 08, 2014

Coaches Training - Basketball

Join us on December 8th for a basketball coaches training online webinar. Attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Webinar
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

January 12, 2015

Coaches Training - Basketball

This will be a Coaches Training for the sport of Basketball. This training will be an online webinar so attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register for this event use the link below. If you have any further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Resgister
Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

January 31, 2015

Area 4 Basketball Tournament

Join us and cheer on our athletes on January 31st at Houghton Lake High School in Houghton Lake, Michigan for what is going to be an exciting basketball tournament. Hope to see you there.
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Marc Wills
Email:area04@somi.org
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Houghton Lake High School
4433 W Houghton Lake Dr

Houghton Lake, Michigan
UNITED STATES

February 18, 2015

Coaches Training - Basketball

This is a Coaches Training in the sport of Basketball. This is an Online Webinar so attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register for this training please use the link below. If you have any further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Zach Warner
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Mar 13 - 15 2015

Illinois State Basketball Tournament

What is State Basketball? State Basketball is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball. State Basketball is hosted at Horton Fieldhouse – ISU and the Shirk Center- IWU. Approximately 1,540 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and show off their winning form! The State Basketball Tournament is supported, in part, by a grant from the Shirk Family Foundation. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Mar 21 - 22 2015

2015 Basketball Tournament

Join us 21-22 March 2015 in Frederick, Maryland as over 400 athletes and 70 Unified partners from around the state compete in two days of basketball tournament action. Events will include 5 v. 5 traditional competition and well as 5 v. 5 Unified competition. For schedule and location details please refer to link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave

Frederick, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

November 07, 2015

Coaches Training - Conference

Join us on November 7th at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. This coaches training will cover the following sports: poly hockey, bowling, basketball, and Winter Games sports. To register for this event please use the link below. If you have further question please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

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Basketball Competitions

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world competed in Los Angeles. See results and teams.


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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